BHOPAL: National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) to submit draft measures and plan prepared for scientific closure of the existing dump site at Bhanpur on July 16. This was after Subhash C Pandey, applicant, pointed out that care must be taken while carrying out closure work to ensure closure activity doesn't lead to contamination of ground water as well as release of noxious gases into the atmosphere. 

Pandey also said that levelling work was ongoing at Bhanpur in an unscientific manner. It was submitted before NGT that municipal solid waste (MSW) disposal action plan was to be dealt with under a cluster based approach. Besides, in the new landfill site near Adampur village, more than 90 families have already been shifted with the compensatory amount. A few families still remained to be shifted as they did not figure in the initial surveys that were carried out. 

However, it was submitted by BMC that they too would be provided rehabilitation and compensatory amount like others. State said that MSW disposal plan would be dealt with under a cluster-based approach. For this, 26 clusters comprising 378 local bodies, which include municipal boards, corporations and cantonment boards in the state has been prepared. State informed that for two clusters at Katni and Sagar, tenders have been received, concessionaire appointed and detailed project report (DPRs) is under preparation. Also, door-to-door collection in case of Katni and Sagar clusters which accounts for 16 municipalities and local bodies will begin from July 1. Simultaneously, the site preparation is also under process and will be completed by January, 2016. 

NGT bench said that emphasis should be on segregation and responsibility of same would be both the generators as well as contractors, who will go for the door-to-door collections. Recycling and composting were also to be taken care of. The companies i.e. contractors already have tie-ups for disposal of the compost and marketing it. State informed that third cluster of Rewa - Satna is also underway and by the end of July, tenders would be floated. 

Source: Times of India (Dated 26 May 2015)